• When It Comes to Romance, Is Less More?

    Posted on 03/12/2011 by Mary

    Hands up, who here can relate with Piper's Gigantic dilemma with Peter: "Let's limit the romantic gestures... I want it to mean more."

    Piper and Peter on TeenNick's Gigantic
    Piper and Peter on TeenNick's Gigantic

    Are you the kind of person who can't get enough of romantic gestures? The more sweet texts and red roses and teddy bears the better?

    Or do you prefer romance in small, meaningful doses?

    Orrrr... does it depend on who's doling out the romance?

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 03/11/2011 by Mary

    Here you go! All of this week's Degrassi songs (including commentary from the music supervisors about why they chose those songs for those scenes -- all the quotes in italics) and Gigantic

    Mark Boone music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The Sky Is Breaking Up Jim" by Mark Boone
    From the scene in Morty, when Eli cries.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was one of those songs that we thought just might be crazy enough to work. The vocals, lyrics and structure are unlike anything we'd heard before, and it appeared on our radar only days before the scene was cut, without us searching for it or needing to look for it. The sky broke up for Eli, and it's as if the song was written for him."

    "The Only Way" by Clare Burson
    Clare walks in on Eli sitting alone in a classroom, looking bummed.
    "Here we've established a creepy, uncertain, wavering mood, and it plays so well over Eli's morbid glances and Clare's wandering mind. The song delivers the exact emotion the actors are portraying."

    "God Keep Our Hands Clean" by FemBots
    From when Clare finds about a million emails from Fitz in her inbox.
    "Degrassi barely ever talks about God, so when this scene came along, and with Fitz being so crazy and all, we were really happy to have known the FemBots. The song was perfect, but too perfect, so we didn't feature the obvious chorus. Go listen to it for yourself and you'll understand."

    "Amazing" by The Red Directors
    It's playing in the background at the Dot when Clare confronts Fitz.
    "The pleasant tones of this song earned it a smooth background use here, but this story is really about this brand new, yet unknown band that deserves new fans such as you. Check them out."

    "Daydreaming" by Dark Dark Dark
    From when Sav and Mr. Bhandari drive around looking for Alli.
    "One of the most emotional moments in season 10, the search for Alli in a torrential downpour, in a lonely, gloomy city. This entire episode is blooming cinematography, but this particular marriage of music to picture blew us away, and left us in gasps every time we watched it."

    The Right Coast music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    1. "This Is Now" by The Right Coast, from their self-released EP.
    2. "Shadows of Tall Buildings" by Gabriel Mann
    3. "I'm on Top" by Kanary Diamonds
    4. and "Realize" by Sink to Sea
    5. You can hear samples of all four songs over on the Gigantic page.

  • Degrassi OMG: Stalker Angel... Eep?

    Posted on 03/11/2011 by Mary

    What do you think of the new ending Eli wrote for "Stalker Angel"? Are you comfortable just calling it poetic license or... would you be feeling a little shaky if you were Clare?

  • Degrassi: Jesus, Etc., pt 2 - Let's Break It Down

    Posted on 03/11/2011 by Mary

    THERE ARE SPOILERS DOWN THERE! DON'T LOOK until you've watched the full episode here. Once yr caught up... we need to talk RIGHT NOW.

    Sav and Holly J on Degrassi: Jesus, Etc. pt. 2

    1) Critical line from Fitz tonight: "What I did was wrong, and I've changed. Eli never will and you know that." I have several questions:
    a) Will Eli ever change (as in get over his temper, his grudge-holding, his pessimism about human nature)?
    b) Should Eli ever change? Is he perfect as is or does he have some things to work on? In your opinion?
    c) Has Fitz changed? Do you buy his conversion? Would you date him, or be cool with a friend of yours dating him?

    2) Do you think religion is something that a couple (like Eli and Clare) can agree to disagree about, or is it the kind of thing you NEED to be on the same wavelength about?

    3) Do you guys think Jenna and KC will make good parents? Which Teen Mom couple do you think they'd be most like?

    4) Does Sav get his "Good Big Brother" badge back yet? You guys... I'm really scared for Alli. She's in such a vulnerable emotional state, not to mention being physically vulnerable out there... so many people might try to take advantage of her. It's stressing me out.

  • Watch the first scene of Friday's Degrassi right now!

    Posted on 03/10/2011 by Mary

    Remember all that vicious stuff Sav said to Alli? Yeah. So does Alli, apparently.

    In general, do you think Alli deserves the "drama queen" rep she seems to have with her family? Or is her life genuinely just that dramatic?

  • The '90s Are All That on TeenNick

    Posted on 03/10/2011 by Mary

    You know how you guys are always saying you wish we'd show old '90s shows like All That, The Amanda Show, Pete and Pete?

    Well... I don't know if you saw this article in EW yet but... we have good news.

    TeenNick has big things planned for you... a nice, comfy programming block stuffed with retro '90s goodies. The line-up and start date and all those details aren't carved in stone yet but, it's certainly conceivable that shows like All That, The Amanda Show and The Adventures of Pete and Pete would show up in the mix.

    Full details to come when things ARE carved in stone.

    Chris Farley and Keenan Thompson on All That... coming back soon to TeenNick
    Chris Farley visits Keenan Thompson on All That... coming back soon to TeenNick

  • Munro Chambers Interview! Is Eli Goth-ish?

    Posted on 03/09/2011 by Mary

    Check this vintage interview with Munro Chambers behind the scenes at his photo shoot. He tries to describe Eli's style and comes up with: "really dark... Gothic... in a way?"

    It's not easy to label Eli, nor is there really any point to doing so, BUT, I'm bored so: if you had had had to describe Eli Goldsworthy's style, what would you call it?

    I'm going with "Timberlake meets Psychobilly."

    Munro Chambers as Eli on Degrassi -- would you say he's goth?
    Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy on Degrassi

  • Overheard on Friday's Degrassi...

    Posted on 03/08/2011 by Mary

    "Great, just... try not to kill me, k?" -- ???

    Who do you think is going to say it? More importantly, who are they instructing not to kill them? Place your bets in the comments...

  • Previously, on Gigantic.

    Posted on 03/08/2011 by Mary

    Gigantic is back next Friday after Degrassi! If you haven't seen 'em all yet, you can go watch them now. Or just read this for the general gist!

    The cast of TeenNick's Gigantic
    The main cast of Gigantic. OK L-R that's Piper, Finn, Joey, Anna, Walt, and Vanessa.

    OK so, Anna and Walt Moore came back to Los Angeles after spending two years in Australia where their parents were filming some sort of gigantor big famous movie, because their parents are gigantor big famous people. Their friends Piper and Finn, also the children of different gigantor big famous person, were eager for their return. And Vanessa, their kind-of-sort-of-friend who no one really trusts because she's kind of a bitch also greeted them on arrival, stiffly, with fakey fake air kisses.

    Also eager for their return was Joey, the extremely attractive boy who has absolutely no famous parents and with whom Anna made out with RIGHT before she left for Australia for two years, and also with whom she exchanged actual letters on actual paper while she was away. So sweet.

    And now, Anna and Joey In a Nutshell: Right when the Moores got back to town, Joey found out that this girl he slept with while she was gone (Lulu Khandan, who is the daughter of a very powerful Hollywood agent) kind of sort of had his baby. Her family is pretending they adopted the baby, but Joey wants to be in his son's life and he's fighting for that right -- but he hasn't spilled the beans to Anna. So, the secretness of it all is making him act weird, which constantly causes Anna to think she's insane and that he doesn't actually like her, which... he totally likes her. Actually he loves her. And Anna totally loves him back, and they said it to each other, and whenever he's assured her that everything's cool and his weirdness has nothing to do with her, she's believed him.

    Finn, Anna, Vanessa, and Lulu from Gigantic on TeenNick
    L-R that's Finn, Anna, Vanessa, and Lulu from Gigantic

    Jo-Anna have been pretty solid in general; even when Anna's Australian boy toy Russell showed up in Los Angeles (Hiiii Russell) and seemed pretty bent on getting Anna back, Anna and Joey survived it. So things were looking awesome and Anna was in love and she was thinking OK, maybe I'm ready to cash in my v-card with this guy, and she had the perfect romantic night planned for them... but Joey and his conscience couldn't let it happen without explaining the whole "o hai also I technically have a baby" situation to her, which she basically freaked out about because, why had he hidden it from her for SO long? Who keeps a secret like that from someone he loves, you know?

    So last we saw them, Anna was pretty pissed at Joey and Joey was getting mad hit on by Lulu who dropped an L-word on him and Lord knows where that's gonna go.

    Russell, Anna, Piper, and Lulu on TeenNick's Gigantic
    L-R that's Russell, Anna, Piper, and Lulu from Gigantic

    OK then there's Walt and Maggie: Walt met Maggie, an adorable cater waitress at a movie premiere after-party, and he tried to hide the fact that he's Hollywood Royalty from her because he hates that whole game and "it gets weird"... but she already knew, because duh. So once that was all out in the open everything was fine until Maggie came clean that she's "kind of studying to be an actress," which freaked Walt out because in general, aspiring actresses probably want something from majorly-connected super-famous families. But, he got over it, and they're going strong. He even called in a favor to help out her career when he thought he might lose her to the deadline her dad had set (you have x months to make it in Hollywood or we go home, kiddo' type thing) . But now that she's getting a taste of the possibility of making it, she seems to be turning into the girl he was afraid she might be -- for one thing, she seemed to enjoy being on a red carpet maybe a little too much. (To Walt, the whole red carpet experience is fake and Hollyweird; to Maggie, it's a fabulous moment to savor because she's been dreaming of it basically her whole entire life.) In the last episode we saw, she seems to have taken a page out of Vanessa's rule book and set about to majorly blackmailing Mr. Khandan because she found out about the whole Lulu baby situation.

    Vanessa , by the way, was a famous child actress who never learned proper social skills or, say, how to love, and became an emancipated minor. She looks up to Anna's mom a lot, but also kind of wants to compete with her; it's weird. Vanessa is weird. She can't help it. So far we've seen her: blatantly steal a project from Anna's mom and lie about it and then borrow a gown from her; conspire to stir up as much of the Anna/Joey/Lulu/Baby drama as suits her needs at any given time; get really harsh with Maggie when she sensed a career threat; invite the paps to what was supposed to be a small, private party; and throw out a ton of great bitchy lines. There's just something about Vanessa; she's fun as hell to watch.

    Maggie from Gigantic
    L-R that's Piper and Finn's stepmother, the back of Piper's head, and Maggie from Gigantic

    Piper... let's see. She flashed her boobs to the paparazzi; basically stalked a snarky internet commenter; held a sign up for the paps that told them to kiss her big beautiful fat ass; fell in love with her family's live-in therapist; kissed her family's live-in therapist; made a faux suicide threat to get her family's live-in therapist to come "save" her after he quit. When last we saw her, she met a really nice guy named Peter (who btw was played by the guy who played Fat Neal on the Dungeons and Dragons episode of Community, but I digress.)

    Finn, meanwhile, has no luck with the ladies. He tries, and he fails. He's just not as effortlessly cool as Walt, though he does have one hell of a wardrobe and he's great with a camera. And he also has a huge crush on his stratospherically Hollywoodian step-monster, the "No more white food" lady. Unfortunately, on the last episode we saw, he also caught her cheating on his dad, sigh.

    Joey, Anna, The Moores, and Walt on TeenNick's Gigantic
    L-R that's Joey and Anna making out, Walt and Anna's parents, and Walt himself from Gigantic

    Meanwhile, all the celebuspawns have also had to deal with the various headaches of being the children of obscenely rich celebrities such as: getting reamed out by your parents for writing an article about them for Teen Vogue even though you were really excited to get your first byline, because your parents HATE press (Anna); getting discouraging tough love from your dad about your music career because your dad wants you to come by success honestly instead of by your last name (Walt); getting shot down by your dream high school for being "a distraction" even though it's not like you ASKED to be born to famous parents and anyway, you're actually really proud of your parents so screw you stupid school (Anna); having anonymous Internet commenters pick apart your physical appearance, which always hurts no matter how famous you are (Piper); and ending up in the tabloids for punching the dude who broke your sister's heart (Walt).

    OK! Now you're all caught up and ready to watch a full hour of new Gigantic Friday at 9:30p et, right after Degrassi!

  • Sneak Peek Pics! Aww, Eli! Why So Pouty?

    Posted on 03/07/2011 by Mary

    Degrassi's Eli pouts with sadness. So much sadness.
    Eli from Degrassi pouts with the sadness. Who made Eli so sad?

    Bon Monday... it's sneak peek pics day!

    Please, in the comments, describe the amount that your heart breaks seeing Eli look so saaaaaad.

    And click here to check the rest of the sneak peek photos.